Photography is my number-one budget priority. Its result is powerful. Its value, priceless.
It's true what they say about weddings-- it's only one day. Hard to justify exorbitant expenses. But seeing as how it will be the best day of my life-- the day I finally marry my best friend and soul mate-- it is imperative that we have editorial, photographic documentation of as much of this day as possible. The right photos can transcend time and space, transporting the viewer back to the past with startling accuracy, like with memories associated with smell or song. For us, the right photography will ensure the days' events do not fade, that history can not be revised by imperfect memory or others' versions of events. Our wedding photos will be our most precious mementos of the day; of course we want them to be beautiful, elegant, and exceptional, but it's crucial the moments remain accurate, natural, pure, vibrant, and alive.
Photography should capture feelings, not just images.
The feeling I imagine I will feel on that day is not one I ever want diminished by budgetary limitations, such as missed opportunity, only one shooter, creative short-sightedness, traditional posey-ness, reaching an arbitrary number of frames. Our wedding day will mark a day of celebration, when two people fated to be together will overcome years of challenges and difficulties that did not drive us apart, but rather brought us together and cemented our bond. It will celebrate our acquired ability to roll with even the biggest punches. It will mark our triumph over all the adversity. I want to look back and feel that triumph forever.
I have yet to book a photographer because I am nervous to entrust this critical mission to photographers in our price range. So I continue to hem-and-haw. While photography is our number-one priority, we have to face the reality of our budget. It would be an absolute honor and an answered prayer to experience the graphic beauty and evocative imagery of Sam Luna's photography on our wedding day.
Thank you for offering one lucky bride the opportunity to have such a priceless gift!